Reviewing the profession’s approach to CPD is one of the Engineering Council’s strategic strand activities for 2012-14.
As part of this work, and following extensive consultation with members of the profession during 2013, the Engineering Council recently published updated advice and guidance on CPD for Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) and registrants.
The CPD Policy Statement and CPD Code for Registrants were presented to representatives of the PEIs on 26 November at the IOM3’s London offices. The event was chaired by Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB CEng, Chairman of the Engineering Council’s Board of Trustees, and included talks from PEI representatives and George O’Neill CEng, Chair of the CPD Project Steering Group.
Rear Admiral Nigel Guild said: “A commitment to lifelong professional development is one of the things that sets professionally registered engineers and technicians apart, and the institutions have a key role to play here. The CPD Policy Statement and Code for Registrants clearly define the opportunities and responsibilities for institutions and individuals alike.”
The Policy Statement describes the nature, purpose and value of CPD for engineers and technicians, and provides advice on the support that PEIs should offer to registrants. The Code offers guidance to registrants on how to plan, record and reflect upon their learning, and how to meet the commitment to CPD that comes with professional registration.
The new documents supersede previous Engineering Council guidance on CPD, and from 1 January 2014 the CPD Code for Registrants is being included in the packs sent to new registrants. Both came into effect on the day of the launch and are the first outputs of on-going work around CPD. This will include sharing of thinking and practice between institutions facilitated by the Engineering Council, and further discussion about some issues which might need further definition or clarification.
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